I collect anything related to cicadas. Over the past few years I came across two Instagram accounts dedicated to creating soft vinyl action figures called sofubi: jigokunoraida and Joe Serpico. One of the sofubi they specialize in is the SEMI RAIDA ROAD WARRIOR, which is a cicada-human biker hybrid. I was very lucky to obtain my own SEMI RAIDA ROAD WARRIOR during their latest lottery.
Here’s a photo of the ROAD WARRIOR holding one of his cicada minions (a Neotibicen tibicen tibicen). If you nice he has an iridescent appearance.
This is an action figure of Cicada Man aka Semi-Ningen from the Japanese TV show Ultraman. I own a green, orange and brown version of this. The price of the current eBay auction is good! I’ve paid close to $100 for Cicada Man in the past.
Bandai 1:1 Japan Exclusive Cicada Molt Shell Beetle Insect Bug Prize E Figure
Search online auctions and marketplaces like eBay or Aliexpress and you’ll find many cicada products, but mostly fishing lures, jade carvings, jewelry, and cicada specimens from Southeast Asia. That’s fine, but what if you want something different, rare, or unusual?
I’ve been looking for unusual cicada merch all week long. Here’s what I found:
A giant animatronic cicada
Wow! When I win the lottery, I’m getting this. A massive robotic cicada.
Back in the 2000’s I purchased this Halloween decoration that uses cicada sounds (Magicicada septendecim Court #2, I think) to create a spooky audio vibe. It’s a dark cloud with spiders hanging from it. Press a button and the whole thing shakes, green lights illuminate the spiders, and cicada sounds play. Gemmy.com made it, but I got it from Target.
Here’s a short Halloween-themed (orange & black) cicada video for you. It’s just fun — nothing scientific. The video stars Neotibicen linnei, Magicicada septendecim, Neotibicen tibicen, and Neocicada hieroglyphica.